I enjoyed reading my reprint of the first ever issue of the Financial Times this week, published to celebrate 125 years since its launch.

On first glance, many of the (tiny) headlines sounded strangely familiar: articles about Russia's booming economy, investment in British railways and rumours about the future of London's docks.

Some of the original strap lines are quaint: 'friend of the honest financier', 'without fear or favour' etc.

Perhaps most curious of all was four words of legalese at the top of the page: 'registered for transmission abroad'. The idea that people who first bought this paper in 1888 would later be able to transmit information independently, wherever they wished, using radio, television and telephones, in their lifetime, is fascinating.